The Friday Faceup

Promo courtesy of Queensberry Promotions.

Some good action is expected at east London’s York Hall, Bethnal Green tonight with the return of Britain’s Brad Foster against Romanian Ionut Baluta at super-bantamweight (122lbs/8st,10lbs).

Foster (14-1-2, 5 KO’s) is the former British and Commonwealth champion and on the comeback trail after losing his titles to Jason Cunningham last October. The Midlands man is in tough with Baluta (14-3, 3 KO’s) who’s fought in good company, losing against world title challenger Michael Conlan last time out.

The 24 year old Foster is a good stylist and should have enough to come through a tough test. Most likely on points.

The Queensberry Promotions card also features Liverpool super-bantamweight Andrew Cain against Mexican Luis Moreno, female boxer Raven Chapman at featherweight and, includes the debut of welterweight Sean Noakes from Maidstone, Kent.

The event will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport 2 from 7pm.

Tomorrow (Sat) in the O2 Arena, North Greenwich is the all British light-heavyweight contest between world ranked Joshua Buatsi and Craig Richards. This is a fight with serious consequences on a world level.

Both are south Londoners with Buatsi (15-0, 13 KO’s) moving into a position for a world title shot and Richards (17-2-1, 10 KO’s) comes off a points defeat to now unified champion and current pound-for-pounder Dmitry Bivol. This is a ‘pick-ems’ fight which could go the distance but we expect Buatsi’s power to tell and him prevail around the tenth round.

The event will be shown live on the DAZN streaming platform.

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